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Aorus Gaming Box gets refreshed with GeForce RTX 2070 graphics

Aorus Gaming Box gets refreshed with GeForce RTX 2070 graphics (Source: Gigabyte)
Aorus Gaming Box gets refreshed with GeForce RTX 2070 graphics (Source: Gigabyte)
One of the smallest eGPU docks available is getting upgraded to a mini GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card. The new Gaming Box promises real-time ray tracking and AI for any Ultrabook with a Thunderbolt 3 port. Support for MacBooks, however, remains out of reach for now.

With GeForce RTX graphics cards already available for desktops, it was only a matter of time before manufacturers would incorporate them onto external graphics docking stations or eGPUs. Taiwanese maker Aorus claims it is the first company to be doing just that with the upcoming Aorus RTX 2070 Gaming Box.

The RTX 2070 Gaming Box is visually identical to last year's GTX 1070/1080 Gaming Box as the manufacturer simply swapped out the Pascal GPU for a Turing one. The RGB LEDs, 130 mm GPU fan, 100 W USB Power Delivery 3.0, and 450 W internal PSU are all returning unscathed. However, Aorus says it has supposedly fixed a few bugs from the last generation model including the GPU fan remaining active after the laptop had shut down.

Actual performance from the RTX 2070 Gaming Box will very likely be a bit lower than a traditional gaming desktop or laptop with RTX 2070 graphics since the eGPU relies on Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. In our review of the GTX 1080 Gaming Box, for example, we discovered a performance deficit between 10 to 30 percent when compared to a regular GTX 1080 depending on the graphical settings. Nonetheless, the raw boost in performance for compatible Ultrabooks is hard to overlook.

Though Gigabyte is remaining mum on the price, the RTX 2070 Gaming Box should be available in the next few weeks via online retailers like Newegg. See the official product page here to learn more about the Gaming Box.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-01-24 (Update: 2019-01-24)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.